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The French Film Festival is one of the top events on offer every year at the Irish Film Institute. A seasonal soiree embraced by local Francophiles and expatriated film fans alike, the festival offers a great mix of new hits from France and classic cinema, offering a venue for cultural exchange that brings us closer together as the year begins to draw to a close. The IFI French Film Festival 2021 will be taking place from November 17th until the 28th. A blended approach will be available next month, with films on offer in-cinema at the IFI in Temple Bar, and online on IFI@Home.

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The Irish Film Institute’s online Archive Player is a key resource in their efforts to preserve and celebrate the history and variety of Irish film. Newly revamped, the IFI Archive Player has a fantastic collection of bits, bobs and brilliance, including the launch yesterday of the F-Rated Collection, a curated selection of short films by Irish women.

 
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The IFI Documentary Festival 2021 will bring the Institute’s usual intriguing offering of insights when it returns online and in cinemas this September.

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The Irish Film Institute will be bringing their annual 3 day festival of fun films and activities for kids aged 4 – 12 back to their cinema this month, as the IFI Family Festival gets set to take place from August 27 – 29th. Next week will see family friendly films from around the world returning to the Institute’s screens once again.

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Films from Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam will all be shown online as part of this year’s East Asia Film Festival. Now in its 5th year, this celebration of international cinema is well-embedded in the calendar in the fair city of film, but as with many festivals in our current climate, this year it will be made more widely available as it moves all online. The 2021 East Asia Film Festival will be available later this month on the IFI@Home player.

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The full schedule of films screening online for the IFI Horrorthon 2020 is now available. From October 22nd – 26th, a host of horrors will be made available online, with the Irish Film Institute keeping their annual ode to the genre alive.

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This year’s edition of the GAZE LGBTQ+ Film Festival is a prime example of the quick thinking and compromises that film programmers and festival organisers have had to make in 2020. Usually a fixture of the August Bank Holiday weekend, they waited their time and announced a fantastic programme for 30th September – 4th October. Unfortunately, plans to host live screenings as part of the festival were curtailed by COVID-19 lockdown measures that have been put in place for Dublin, as we’re sure you’re all too aware. The festival, however, soldiers on with aplomb. Aided by the IFI@Home online platform, the programme will proceed, with a great line-up of screenings and events to provide the festival experience. We’ve gone through the full schedule to pick out 5 things at GAZE 2020 you simply cannot miss.

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NOTE: The article below references cinemas being open for the GAZE LGBT Film Festival as was the case at time of publication. Per Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions in Dublin announced on 18/09/20, cinemas are not permitted to open. The festival as described below remains available online via the IFI@Home online media player. 

For nearly three decades, the GAZE LGBT Film Festival has brought the best of queer cinema to Dublin, a shared experience of access, advocacy and adulation, sharing great films from Ireland and abroad. Taking place this year from September 30th – October 4th, GAZE 2020 have announced their full programme, a mix of live cinema and online screenings that will open one of Ireland’s biggest film festivals up to a wider audience beyond the fair city of film.

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The IFI Documentary Festival is a staple of the programming of the Irish Film Institute, key to their remit to exhibit, preserve and educate. The full programme for the 2020 festival is now here as the IFI blends a mix of live screenings and programming on IFI@Home to deliver this year’s selection of interesting, engaging and informative documentaries.
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